Who knows who the Seattle Kraken will have available to them from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Their roster seems to change daily.
Just recently, the Penguins waved goodbye to fan favorite Patric Hornqvist, who heads to the Florida Panthers. This move has a knock-on effect of altering the Seattle Kraken’s expansion planning.
Of course, no trade is complete without players heading the other way. In that regard, the Penguins added defenseman Mike Matheson and forward Colton Sceviour.
Whereas Hornqvist’s no-trade clause meant he was never likely an option for the Seattle Kraken, these two will likely go unprotected. However, the unfortunate part of all this is that neither are likely to move the needle. In fact, both would be depth additions to the first Seattle Kraken roster at best.
These moves make the Penguins’ choice on who to protect just a little easier. Likewise, the Panthers. It’s a win-win if you’re the Penguins or Panthers, but less so for the Kraken.
Mike Matheson isn’t a bad player and still has youth on his side; the issue is the cap hit being for so long. Indeed, he will cost the Penguins $4.875 million for the next six seasons.
That takes him to 32 years-old, so not over the hill but he’s hardly elite enough to deserve such a long deal. Maybe though, this contract is one that the Penguins would pay to get rid of?
On the other hand, Colton Sceviour will only cost $1.2 million and for this season only. He’s a 31 year-old center that found somewhat of a role with his previous team, the Nashville Predators. During his time there, he had 141 points in 454 regular-season games.
Given his expiring deal, you’d imagine that he will be available to the Seattle Kraken and realistically would be a wasted pick-up. After all, he’ll likely hit free agency just after the Expansion Draft concludes.
The Pittsburgh Penguins never seem quite done with their trades; between this and the Kapanen deal, who knows what’s next.
Most likely, they’ll seek to shuffle Matt Murray or Tristan Jarry out the exit door. That again has a knock-on effect for the Expansion Draft as it means one less reputable goalie on the table.
Whatever happens; expect Ron Francis to be keeper a very close eye on every move Jim Rutherford makes between now and then.